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In my experience of training, I have begun to realize that many impact their horses much more than they understand. From how you use your hands, to just how you move in general. I have been training my own for since I could remember. My first horse was actually the horse I own now, and I trained all the others I had after her as well. So far, I have learned so much! For example, in 2015 I had a gelding named Brady who always had a hard time wanting to come to me. He would see me in the field and bolt. Hopeless, I called his previous owner as we are good friends. She asked me, "How are you facing him? Are your palms faced outward? Are you showing aggression or impatience?" I was speechless. I was not surprised that my impatience was turning him away, but my palms? As it turns out, some horses study your body language in a way that can make them feel threatened. I took this information straight to heart. I began to run back to my house and grab a blanket. I laid the blanket down and sat down with it. After about two hours, he came to me.
Groundwork, Groundwork, Groundwork! Groundwork is so important when it comes to building a great horse. I have always been a huge believer in ground work and have always been passionate about it. Beginning 2014 I started groundwork with my 23 year old mare at the time, Sierra. The groundwork than led to liberty, which led to being able to do literally anything on her. Groundwork is so important, whether it is just lunging, or if it is just walking in a round pen with them. I don't know about you, but my mare is so needy! She loves affection and loves when I give it to her. Any kind of groundwork can help. I believe groundwork teaches patience and you just can't have a good horse without it. Bringing me to my next topic.
Patience, the final and probably most expected topic. Just be patient! I have trained many two year old's from the ground up and I have made many mistakes from not being patient. I am such a stickler when it comes to getting what I want and instead of going slow and getting correct results, I tended to push and get incorrect results. I have learned a lot and all of us equestrians know patience is one of the hardest things to be. Be patient and calm. I promise you will get what you want!
Hey guys its Maggie back today with a new blog post! So I want to talk to yall about how to manage taking care of an older horse. So first for some background, I have a 20 (21 this year) year old mare. She is a paint and she is my speed horse! I actually have an instagram account for her if yall wanna go check it out it is @racing.raine . Anyways with that being said, I have a little bit experience with taking care of an older horse. So I have thought up some tips today that will hopefully give you some insights, and help you in the future of having an older horse.
So having an older horse, you might want to consider changing your feed or adding a supplement. When horses begin aging so does their joints, so finding a good supplement that will support their overall care will really help keep them comfortable in their old age. Another supplement to consider is one to help with their digestive system. In their old age their teeth also begin to wear so it may be harder for them to chew which can lead to a lot of difficulties. So keeping your horse on some sort of colic prevention, or digestive help(fiber) is an awesome thing to do for your horse. So moving on from supplements, another way to take care of an older horse is to not let them get out of shape. Now don't get me wrong, if a horse has serious joint issues or a bad back, you should probably retire them. BUt with a horse like mine who is as healthy as she can be, it is better for her to stay in shape and not to get over weight. Keeping your horse in shape keeps them young in the mind and helps them to maintain their fitness. Going along with this if you are riding an older horse, you need to keep in mind that you need to spend more time warming them up, to make sure you do not get an injury. A great way to prevent injury in any horse I think would be BOT boots. I have a pair of these boots and I love them, they warm your horses muscles up for them and prevent injury. Anyways sorry guys this is not a very good blog post, but it is just a little bit of information! Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my social medias!
~ @reining.patrick and @racing.raine
When a “normal person” hears the word “horses”, they probably think about a herd of horses majestically running through a field or a big creature eating an apple out of their hand.
For those that live in the horse world, it’s a different story.
I think about waking up early to put out feed/hay/water, cleaning stalls, getting the horses back in their stalls or letting them out before you can eat your breakfast and start your day. In the evenings doing it all over again before you can go to your friend’s party, out to eat, or to bed for the night. Inevitably, there’s always a problem the one time you’re pressed for time. Not to mention the money that goes into making it all possible: the vet bills, the farrier bills, the trainer bills, and the feed bills. I think about grooming, bathing, clipping, picking hooves. We keep the lights on for so many hours and wrap them in blankets and sheets to keep their winter coats off. The cost of having the hat, shirt, belt, chaps, and matching saddle pad. Showing adds hours of riding practice, lessons, hauling to shows, early mornings riding them down, and nerves of going in the show pen.
After thinking a little deeper, it really does cost so much to have and show horses. I bet most people who found out all the details would run far away from having horses.
But for some reason, all of these activities (and MANY more) do seem majestic to us.
There’s something special about horses, dust, and hay that combine to make that famous “barn smell” that grows to be a smell we crave. It’s peaceful to ride a horse through the pasture. There’s a special feeling that comes with walking into a barn as the sun rises. Some would say scooping manure is therapeutic. The horses themselves fill giant voids in our hearts that nothing else could fill. I think that’s why we do the crazy things we do. The horses. Their individual personalities, their desire to make us happy, their hearts, that is why we do what we do. I love to sit back and think about how ridiculous it really is to be part of this lifestyle, but then I think about how empty I would be to live any other way.
Ashton Rein Williams
Hey guys it’s Maggie here and I wanna talk to y’all about something that I know everyone deals with. Show pen nerves! This is a huge deal because not only does your nerves affect you but they also affect your horse and how he/she performs for you. So today I have thought up some tips on how to calm your nerves. So my first tip would be to get to the stalls around 30 mins earlier than you normally would and groom your horse. Doing this is great for your horse to look its best but it’s also something for you to do to distract yourself. Grooming Horses is actually extremely therapeutic and is used as therapy for some people. So get to the barn early and groom so that you can calm you and your horse done before you get ready to show! My second tip would be to review your pattern before getting on your horse. This is another way to distract yourself from your nerves, but at the same time it prepares you for your ride. Once you get on you can rehearse your pattern a little bit and make sure you got it all down so you can be confident in you and your horse. And my third tip would be to listen to music! Music is great for calming nerves or for giving you that conquer the world attitude. You can make yourself a playlist of songs that inspire you, and listen to them while you get ready or do your makeup. Doing this will give you the right attitude and mindset to seize the day!
Hope these tips were useful thanks for reading! Btw shoutout to the amazing Peyton Simmons aka @getgalloping for making my cover photo!!
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Magnum Chic Dream
Almost two years ago we started the process of choosing the right stud horse to breed to one of our mares. The mare we have had for years and is definitely my dad’s favorite horse. So choosing the perfect stud to breed to her seemed like a daunting task. The mare is out of Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo) and a Shining Spark mare. This mare is definitely on the more cow horse bred side but has a strong background in the Reining. In general she has more of a frazzled mind but is extremely athletic and talented. Conformationally she is too long in the back but has good bone structure and “looks”. When trying to find a stud we had to keep all of those things in mind. We wanted an easy minded horse that still has the athletic qualities and has a good rep for throwing quit minded horses. Also we wanted a horse that could shorten up the babies back and maybe give it a good height. After a lot of research I was dead set on my choice as a stud. I was sure I wanted the baby be bred for the reining and have a chance at the futurity. After a bit of persuading I got my dad on board. The stud we had chosen was Magnum Chic Dream. He had all the attributes we were looking for and not to mention gorgeous looks. When it comes to looking for the right stud it's important to be patient and do lots and lots of research, as well as knowing what the strengths and weaknesses of the mare are to make sure you find the right fit and get the nicest horse you can because at the end of all this it definitely is not a cheap process.
I am going to turn this into a mini series on how this process has been and what has been happening with the colt we got from this experience. Be on the lookout for the next parts to this story to come!
The mare pregnant Shineadoodledo
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